Ever heard of Jammie Dodgers? I only discovered them a few years ago, shortly after I moved to England, and they quickly became one of my favourite biscuits. Two pieces of buttery shortbread sandwiched together with some raspberry jam – add a cup of tea and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice treat.
Over the years, it’s become a tradition that I bake a copious amount of these for Christmas. One year, knowing that I’ll be driving home for Christmas (from England to Poland), I decided to make triple the recipe, pack the biscuits nicely and take them home – I thought it’d be a nice ‘on arrival’ gift for my family. It sure was, as my Mum still remembers it, and she says her mouth waters every time she thinks of the day when I showed up with a massive box of homemade Jammie Dodgers I baked in England and brought all the way to Zielona.
I found myself doing it again this year, only now I was requested to bake them for my brother who lives in Holland, and my parents are driving there to spend Christmas together. The journey of Jammie Dodgers continues!
Do you have any special Christmas bake? Below, a recipe for Festive Jammie Dodgers, if you want to test their magic, too!
FESTIVE JAMMIE DODGERS
250g butter, room temperature
130g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
380g flour plus extra for dusting
extra icing sugar, for sprinkling
1 jar of seedless raspberry or blackberry jam
HOW TO MAKE?
1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with your electric mixer, until fluffy and almost white. Add icing sugar and beat for a bit longer, until nice and smooth. Mix in an egg yolk and vanilla extract.
2. Prepare a pastry board. Add the flour onto it and then the mixture from the bowl. Knead the dough quickly. It’ll be very soft and a bit sticky but try not to add too much flour (the biscuits will turn out too hard if you add too much flour).
3. When your dough is ready, wrap it into some cling film and put in the fridge for about an hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and prepare the baking sheets.
5. Take the dough out from the fridge and put it back on the (dusted with flour) pastry board. Roll the dough out to about 3mm thick. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass (I used a cognac glass, I don’t have a round biscuit cutter), cut out the circles. Remember to dip the cutter/glass you’re using in the flour so it won’t stick to the dough. Using a mini-heart cutter, cut out little hearts in half of your biscuits.
6. Line your biscuits on the previously prepared baking sheets and place in the oven. Bake for about 7-8 minutes, they should only be slightly golden. If you leave them in the oven for too long, they will be too hard and crispy.
7. Move the biscuits to a wire rack to let them cool.
8. When chilled, assemble Jammie Dodgers. Take one biscuit without the hole in the middle, add about a teaspoon of jam and cover it with a biscuit with a heart-shaped hole in the middle. Press lightly. Set aside and repeat with all your biscuits.
9. Sprinkle your biscuits with icing sugar (using a small sieve). Usually they taste best after few hours or next day. The jam will soften the cookies nicely.
Wersja polska przepisu, specjalnie dla polskich Czytelników.